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Is Trump a True Conservative? -- we're published in American Thinker this morning
Howard Richman, 2/8/2016

We begin:

During Saturday’s Republican presidential candidate debate in New Hampshire, Donald Trump was asked:

Mr. Trump, you've heard the argument from many of the candidates on this stage that you're not a true conservative. Tell the voters watching tonight why you are.

He replied:

Well, I think I am, and to me, I view the word conservative as a derivative of the word “conserve.” We want to conserve our money. We want to conserve our wealth. We want to conserve. We want to be smart. We want to be smart where we go, where we spend, how we spend. We want to conserve our country. We want to save our country. And we have people that have no idea how to do that, and they are not doing it, and it's a very important word and it's something I believe in very, very strongly.

Trump gave a general definition of conservative, which is valid. But there are more specific definitions as well. A political conservative is one who believes in a limited role for government, a strict construction of the constitution, fiscal discipline, rule of law and free enterprise. Social conservatives support the traditional family and oppose abortion, pornography, sexual promiscuity and redefinition of marriage. One can be politically conservative without being socially conservative and vice versa. We are not experts on social conservatism, but we do know something about economics, so we will examine whether Trump is a political conservative.

To read the rest, go to:

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/02/is_trump_a_true_conservative.html

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Comment by Bruce Bishop, 2/10/2016:

You guys created quite a stir on AT with this article.  I just checked, and there are 668 comments.  I am always delighted to see you published on AT, as that is probably the best way to bring attention to the issue of balanced trade.  

Trump certainly has his share of negatives, but the fact that he promises to force China to play fair and to control our borders is enough for me to give him my support.




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